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Al Jazeera America
Dec 10, 2013 12:00pm EST
everywhere to carry the torch. the diversity also lead to interesting moments. president obama shaking rand with the president of cuba, a handshake that will not be well received by some in america. but the day was not about politics. it was about a man, a man who was the face of man's humanity to man. nelson mandela also making several trips to the white house. his relationship to each president ranging from cordial to course. morgan ratford has more. >> reporter: 1986 an historic moment for the united states congress because the majority voted to over ride their leader, president ronald reagan who vottoed the ban due to apartheid. >> reagan was continuing back to the nixon era, the kennedy era, and before that. he firmly believed that the african national congress was a terrorist organization, that nelson mandela was a terrorist. he did not believe those people were groups with whom one could work. >> mendelson did not forget his lack of support. but george wh bush welcomed nelson mandela to any white house for the first time. >> mr. mandela in the eyes of million around the world you sta
Al Jazeera America
Dec 4, 2013 11:00am EST
jazeera america. i'm ste -- stephanie sy. president obama is set to speak in a few minutes about the economy. >>> a top hezbollah leader is killed. the lebanese group says he was assassinated. ♪ >>> the u.s. economy is growing but so is the income gap between the rich and the poor. president obama will talk about how to change that and other aspects of the economy when he speaks at a washington think tank in just a few minutes. mike viqueira joins us from washington. mike, good morning, what are some of the main points the president is expected to address? >> reporter: you are right, the president turning a page now after the last two months healthcare.gov debacle. he is going to talk about the grows gap between rich and poor. it's not a new story or a new subject for president obama. he talked ariel castro it two years ago in a benchmark speech in kansas. and he spoke a little bit about in this year's state of the union. the top 1% in this country have seen their income triple over the course of the last 28 years, meanwhile the middle class has scene their income grow at a mod
Al Jazeera America
Dec 2, 2013 5:00pm EST
the "inside story." ♪ >> president obama says the healthcare.gov website is significantly improved. the administration said the site can now handle 50,000 people at once and 800,000 users a day. that's on the could called front end as people browse the site. but the back end is still a work in progress. that's where the real business is as insurance companies and the federal government share info and you finish your purchase. on this edition of inside story we're going give the affordable care act and online exchanges a checkup with the deadlines approaching fast. the obama administration says the ailing website healthcare.gov is on the mend, and close to being cured of the bugs and glitches that had the president himself apologizing. >> what i'm going to do is make sure that we get it fixed. >> this weekend was president obama's sow-imposed deadline to make the site work. the department of health and human services announced a main online artery for americans to buy health insurance is working 90% of the time. more than 400 bugs in the system has been fixed since the launch, and a
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 7:00pm EST
, president obama spoke about mandela minutes after his death was announced, here is what he said. >> we will not likely see the likes of nelson mandela again. so it falls to us to be the example he set, to make decisions guarded not by haste, but by love. never discount the difference that one person can make. strive for a future that is worthy of his sacrifice. >> . >> right now let's pause and give thanks the r the fact that nelson mandela lived, a pan who took history, in his hands. bent the arc of the moral universes towards justice, may god bless his memory, and keep him at peace. >> the president of the united states, again, live pictures in outside nelson mandela's home tonight, and here in new york, a live picture of the apollo theater, the same the venue in harlem, tonight the marque honors nelson mandela. here is a picture of the marque, we are getting ready for a live shot. we have consider spot don'ts automobile across the united states and the world. we also have guests hire in the studio, right now my colleague is here, talk a little bit about the incredible signifi
Al Jazeera America
Dec 3, 2013 1:00am EST
killed al qaeda operatives, and barack obama said it again. >> the core of al qaeda is on the path to defeat. our nation is cure, and our homeland is safer. >> two important members of congress in a position to know, including a democratic ally of the president don't agree with him. i'm pleased to be joined by jane harman, a former democratic congress woman who served on department of homeland security commit he is and is director, president of the woodrow wilson international centre for scholars. great to have you with us. let's start with barack obama. he said on 9/11 that we are safer because we decimated al qaeda's core leadership. on sunday senator fienstein said something different. >> i think worldwide is up worldwide. statistics indicate that. fatalities are up. numbers are way up. there are new bombs, very big bombs, trucks ri enforced, bombs through mag ni tom eters. the bomb-makers are alive. there's more groups than ever and huge mal-esso lens. >> who is write, president obama or senator fienstein? >> they are both right. and i'm not kidding. let me say first it's a ple
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 11:00pm EST
presidential medal of freedom. barack obama met nelson mandela in 2005, when barack obama was a senator. after one term as president nelson mandela stepped down. he did not slow his pace. his charitable foundation raised money for a number of causes. >> when south africa hosted the world cup tournament in 2010, he made his last public appearance. the crowd honoured him to thunderous ovation. >> his third wife, graca machel, former first lady of mozambique, was at his side during prostate cancer and lingering lung infections. >> never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another. and suffer the indignity of being the skunk of the world. the sun never set on so glorious a human achievement. let freedom rain. god bless africa. >> nelson mandela, an enduring father of the new south africa dead at 95. >> nelson mandela's life work extended behind the native south africa. we sat with civil rights leader the reverend jessie jackson, and he drew parallels with his movement and the struggle in the u.s. >> there was a sameness
Al Jazeera America
Dec 10, 2013 2:00am EST
addition to the citizens of south africa dignitaries will attend. president obama will speak. he met nelson mandela at a washington d.c. hotel in 2005 when he was a senator. bill clinton, george w. bush and jimmy carter also part of delegation. >> david cameron, hamid karzai, steven harper. ban ki-moon, will people, and former general secretary kofi annan. prince charles is representing the throne. we'll have more from south africa with ali velshi who is on the ground. men american forces are being called on. chuck hagel is ordering the u.s. military to transport troops. 400 have been killed in fighting between christians and muslim groups. we go to the capital where the french troops are diffusing the crisis. looking like a muslim here can make you a target. the man dressed in white is surrounded by local christians. they say he's a seleka general. they want to kill him. he says he's a local businessman. the french intervene ordering people to move away. they arrest a muslim man taking him away. in another suburb of the city a man is carried to safety. he's been stabbed. locals accu
Al Jazeera America
Dec 6, 2013 9:00pm EST
obama. this is huge for you and your family. >> what would you like president obama to know about you. >> i'm a cigarettes ya kris chra big mistake and if i get out i will give him no reason to regret it. >> what is his sentence of clemency. bpresident obama has been reluck reluctant to commute certain ses he has commuted one sen seven s. and his former lawye lawyer doet hold out a lot of hope. >> this is incredible. >> judges are yo ewe ew are uni. gl.d what does the attorney general's department say about this. there is it a move to take back control and put it back in the hands of judges. there has been reduction to ease the confusion between crack cocaine and cocaine powder but it has not gone far enough yet. there are thousands of prisoners in the federal system everyone of them costs $30,000 a year. on economic glound grounds alont makes sense you have to get this right ssments. this. >> this is not what is intended by imposing mandatory minimums. it's graphic and based on political views. >> and 9 ai the aim of congresss to bring sentencing into line and have more rational.
Al Jazeera America
Dec 6, 2013 12:00pm EST
obama joined leaders around the world in mourning the death of nelson mandela. the white house says the president and the first lady will travel to south africa to at ten the state funeral. the two met in 2005 when obama was a senator in illinois. the president travelled to south africa in june but he was too ill to meet with mandela. libby casey joins us now. >> gratitude and so much remembrance has come pouring in from all over washington. president obama recalled how as a young man he was first inspired to political action back in college by going to an anti apartheid rally. and he talked about the role model that mandela. the president yesterday remembered his words that nelson mandela said he wanted to see an ideal, a society where there was democracy and freedom for all. >> nelson mandela lived for that ideal, and he made it real. he achieved more than could be expected of any man. and said he has gone home. and we have lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. >> remembranc
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 12:00pm EST
companies joining forces to battle the nsa. >>> president obama is on his way to south africa. he is heading the u.s. delegation honoring nelson mandela. the president leaving on air force one just a few hours ago. former president george w. bush and his wife laura are also on board joining first lady michelle obama and the president. president's clinton and carter will attend the service scheduled for tuesday in south africa. george r. h.w bush is the only former president that will not be there. >>> alan is near johannesburg. he has more on how the people of south africa are remembering nelson mandela. and he's a father figure being honored in cities large and small 1234 absolutely, del, and people here and in nelson mandela square in the rain at 7:00 in south africa, a soggy evening, but it doesn't seem to offend the crowds much. they have been coming here constantly to the many tribute centers set up around the country for nelson mandela. now this is a very ritzy mall. this is really the heart of high-end retail in the city of johannesburg, and it is in one of the richest distric
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 11:00am EST
in the u.s. it comes after president obama says raising the minimum wage will not hurt jobs. last month a seattle suburb increased their wage to $15 an hour and that is by far the high over the in thhigh -- highest i. it's 2:00 and her five-hour shifted at kfc is over. she is off to pick up her joiningest sojoining -- youngesm daycare to head home. with no time to take off her uniform she heads to the kitchen to make a snack and help her older children with their homework. >> they look to me. they have no one else to look to. for the last five years she has been making $9.13 a 9.1317 an h. i'm the definition of working poor. she is barely able to cover the cost of living expenses. i receive food stamp benefits and subsidized daycare and my son is on wick. >> it's a federal program that offers food and healthcare for low income families. her main concern is providing stablity for her children. i'm focusing on taking care of them and making them happy and make sure they get the education so they don't have to work a fast food ra.t restaurant at 9 . >> for the past three weeks i have
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 3:30am EST
obama had these statements. >> since 1979 our economy has more than doubled in size. but most of that growth has flowed to a fortunate few. the top 10% no longer takes in one-third of our income. it now takes half. whereas in the past the average ceo made 20 to 30 times the income of the average worker, today ceo now makes 273 times more. meanwhile, the family in the top 1% have a net worth of 288 times higher than the typical family, which is a record for this country. >> carl, if that's true and those numbers are out there, it's not really a screen of the type of economy that sustains as it is over time because it's a weakening of the middle class. >> that is a problem, and there is the stretching of the middle class. the arctics to any particular well, and then the longer term trend like the tax code. but the immediate cycle right know, you see low quality job creation in the early faces of the cycle. that's endemic. the reason for that is it was the low quality jobs that tended to be shed during the that time. >> we've really seen manufacturing jobs which are really strong mi
Al Jazeera America
Dec 3, 2013 6:00pm EST
coming up here on al jazeera america. the troubled government healthcare site has given the obama administration lots of bad press. now the president is focusing on the rest of the affordable care act. we have the latest from the white house. >>> also amazing the man who spent three days trapped i in a sunken ship 100 feet below the ocean next. tÑ >> we have breaking. the pentagon has temporarily stopped using a route to send cargo into afghanistan. officials saying there are other routes to more cargo into and out of afghanistan. >>> detroit is bankrupt. a judge cleared the way today for what is now the largest municipal bankruptcy in u.s. history. the city is $18 billion in debt. it could mean severe cuts for retired city workers who relied on pensions. >>> french scientists have thrown a new twist in the yasser arafat story. forensic team reported that the palestinian leader did not die from radioactive poisoning. the report contra-ducts an earlier report from a swiss team, who claims that it was due to a political assassination. >>> the engineer involved in the new york train
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 11:30am EST
. president obama promised to raise the minimum wage. >> no one who works full time should have to live in poverty and raise the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour. we should be able to get that done. >> reporter: congressional republicans have generally been against the move. in reaction to obama's pledge house speaker john boehner said when you raise the price of employment guess what happens, you get less of it. why would we want to make is harder for small employerers to hire people. tuesday's vote was an unanimous 13-0. as for all d.c. laws it will need to be approved by congress. if that happens, d.c.'s minimum wage will gradually become $4 more than the federal level. niya hopes that extra money in her paycheck will bring a better life to herself and her son. >> joining us now, heidi, an economist with the economic policy institute where she focuses on the low-wage labor market. and from los angeles, writer and senior fell low at the campaign for america's future, and mark wilson, he served as deputy assistant secretary for employment standards administration at the u.s. department
Al Jazeera America
Dec 2, 2013 7:00pm EST
people and injured more than 60. the obama administration said it's revamped healthcare website is running for smoothly. it claims the site is 90% fixed but users are still reporting problems getting coverage or in some cases just logging on to the site. >>> pro tessers in thailand have taken over several government buildings as they try to force the country's prime minister to step down. a prominent oppositional leader has been telling followers to storm buildings. three people have died in the protest over the last several days, vice president joe biden has arrived in asia for a week-long trip. the visit is expected to be dominated by dispute over islands in the chain seas. chip niece scare defense zone over islands claimed by both countries. biden will visit china and south korea. and those are the headlines at this hour. i'm tony harris in new york city. "real money" is up next with david shuster in for ali velshi. >> a retail report card on black friday weekend and cyber monday, what the numbers say about holiday sales, american consumers and the economy. plus a look at the he
Al Jazeera America
Dec 3, 2013 2:00am EST
investigators on wednesday. >> president obama will kick off a campaign tuesday to promote the benefits of the affordable care act. the white house issued new figures showing that healthcare.gov is running smoothly. the website will be tested in the next three weeks as americans race to beat the insurance sign-up deadline. al jazeera's mike viqueira has more from washington. >> there is good new and bad news when it comes to the beleaguered website healthcare.gov. a largely lost two months, and now many of problems are fix, and not a moment too soon. some statistics they came out with. on october 1st they set a total of six individuals successfully logged on and enrolled for health insurance under the affordable care act. the error rate was 6%. now as of november 30th - that was the target date, the error rate is less than 1%. now up to 800,000 individuals can log on to the website in any given day - 50,000 at one time. still, many of the problems persist. first, there are questions about security. the data of enrollees, folks that log on, personal information, security on the website not
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 6:00am EST
and leaders including president obama and three former u.s. presidents expected to attend tuesday's memorial service for the late south african president. >> and a crime was never committed and we stood by that. >> reporter: the san antonio four speaking out, released after 16 years behind bars for a crime they have always maintained they did not commit. ♪ the deep freeze is on, wintry weather and cold temperatures reach the east coast. the weather is disrupting travel nationwide and made some sunday nfl games almost impossible to see. good morning and welcome to al jazeera america, i'm stephanie sy and the storm caused car pile ups in several states and accidents on the pennsylvania turnpike sunday involved almost 60 video as and this shows the long line of cars that came to a halt in morgan town, pennsylvania and we are tracking the storm. what is the latest? >> all of that snow and wind, it is still with us and we are going to continue to see it taking its toll and creating very dangerous driving conditions over much of the country and if you booked a flight you might want to c
Al Jazeera America
Dec 2, 2013 8:00pm EST
miles of high speed rail. so my problem is this, and president obama has been very good about pushing for high speed rail. i believe he allocated some $50 billion in his budget, but none of it has been expended yet because we really don't have a plan for a high speed rail system except for the one in california. so it's segments that we will of high speed rail, but we won't have a coordinated planned national high speed rail system. >> do thest coast-run trains from boston to washington, d.c. and often what you hear from congress is well, amtrak is losing money. well, amtrak has an operation does lose money. but when you separate answered kind of train operation into two factors, the transfer cost and operating costs. and that's how other countries treat their brain systems. in japan and france, they have operating companies that make money on their train system. but the capital investment is made by their governments. so the train operating companies are now bearing those costs. here we're expecting amtrak to bear both operating as well as capital costs, and it does require a
Al Jazeera America
Dec 8, 2013 5:00am EST
twitter phage afte page after he call with president barack obama. the first time contact was made with an american leader in decades. he uses soak social media to congratulate sports teams. we are hoping to ensure equal opportunity. we have a public relations trainer and consultant who has been to iran for a pr conference. joining us now live, do you think it's what you said and others said at this conference that got the message through to the president that the times are a changing. >> i think it's something that the president was all right -- g if you look at what has been happening over the last few months. there is an increasing presence of his profile. it's aimed at a global audience as opposed to a domestic audience. what happens when people poke fun at someone modernizing when it doesn't suit them. i speak of putin taking his shifshirt off and flexing his p. and everyone says yeah, yeah, yeah fnlt. >> it's easier to poke fun at that if it was not genuine. but the president does genuine i will go hiking and putin is a genuine man of action i think that works better than whe
Al Jazeera America
Dec 3, 2013 6:00am EST
smoothly the obama administration is back in sales mode and president obama will kickoff a campaign today to promote the affordable care act. the white house wants to point out the benefits of the reform law and they plan to focus on a specific benefit each day until the sign up deadline on december 23, that is when anyone who needs coverage on january 1st must be enrolled. the white house is offering money to ensurers so people who like their health plans can keep them. the obama administration says the payments would offset the cost of reinstating cancelled policies and millions of people received cancellation notices and the cancelled policies do not meet the standards of the healthcare law. it was an attack that standed the dance world, now the verdict is in for a former member of russia's famed ballet and find out why you may have to pay sales tax for everything you buy online and the fight over food and they are considering cutting subsidies to some of the world's poorest people. ♪ ♪ good morning and welcome back to al jazeera america and i'm thomas and coming up, in a mom
Al Jazeera America
Dec 2, 2013 11:00am EST
other storms. we'll have that later. >> after months of harsh criticism the obama administration announced it has met it's deadline to get the healthcare.gov website working but they warn it's still in progress. >> the bottom line of healthcare.gov from december 1st is night and day from where it was on octobe october 1st. >> fixing the website that was originally bogged down with hundreds of bugs. the white house said dramatic progress has been made with this site now performing with private sectors. this site has a lower error rate with capacity to handle 50,000 visit hvisitors at once. if it's busy there is a virtual waiting room that will e-mail you when it's less crowded. >> 50,000 people at one time. 800,000 people a day. look, this is going to take some time before it's up and kicking in full gear. >> reporter: for some republicans the problem is with obamacare itself. >> you have 15% of the pollalation that didn't have health insurance when it started, and we think that number was high. we think it was closer to 10. they disrupted it for the 85% who had healthcare and the
Al Jazeera America
Dec 10, 2013 2:30am EST
imness, develop member tool and behavior problems. to address the issue, president obama has vowed to end child and family homelessness, by 2020. limited optioning and communities passing laws that some say penalize homelessness, is it even possible? joining us by skype is richard chow. a policy director for the interagency council. let part of the government, working to end chronic homelessness. those winter stormed grounds hi flight, so as we so often do here, we are using social media to end up what planes, and trains, and cars sometimes can't do. it does allow us to bring some of the best visions into our conversation. donna anderson, also joins us, she is the director of the institute of children, poverty, and homelessness. a nonprofit, dedicated to changing the way we think about the homeless. and also on google plus, wendy alexandar, a working mother of three, who along with her kids has been homeless. welcome everyone to the stream. so donna, when you think about homelessness it is those very visible examples that come to mind. the reality is we have more homeless families tha
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 5:00pm EST
the smart thing to do for our economy. >> reporter: president obama used his radio address this weekend to push for an extension. house speaker john boehner said he's open to legislation to continue the benefits. >> we'll get the latest on the deliberations from either end of pennsylvania avenue. al jazeera america congressional correspondent libby casey is on capitol hill and mike viqueira is with me here in the studio. good to see you both. libby, let me start with you. word began to dribble out over the weekend that the outlines of the deal has begun to appear. >> reporter: really the only once, the rest of the economy has been left in the dust. they're coming up with a plan that would replace the sequester cuts, the mandatory cuts that no one likes the contours of. they would replace them, but how do you pay for the replacement. they're talking about user fees, airline travel, and potential cuts to federal workers benefits. and controversial things that they'll have to hammer out the details of. they have until friday decembe december 13th, and expect them to take it directl
Al Jazeera America
Dec 3, 2013 7:00pm EST
house many called on president obama to help free alan gross. he has been held in a cuban prison for four years is facing a 15-year prison. >>> forensic scientists in fran say yasser arafat died of natural causes and was not poisons which contradict swiss findings that found high levels of polonium. >>> thailand's prime minister yingluck shinawatra has alreadied police to stott fighting with protesters. david shuster i is in for ali velshi. >> public pensions are on the chopping block. tonight a landmark ruling for detroit. a new legislation in illinois will have big i a implications r retirees and pensioners everywhere. >>> the seismic shift making pushy car dealers the thing of the past. i'm david shuster in for ali velshi. and this is "real money." >> this is real money, and you are the most important part of the show. so join our live conversation for the next half hour on twitter @aj real money. today the city of detroit got the go ahead from a federal judge to shed billions of dollars in debt in the largest bankruptcy in u.s. history. the national implications are huge beca
Al Jazeera America
Dec 8, 2013 2:00pm EST
than two years. meanwhile, president obama has said that the pursuit of a long-standing deal with iran to monitor their nuclear weapons is as likely to fail as it is to succeed. he was speaking at a pro-israel forum in washington. iran has agreed to temporarily roll back the enrichment of uranium, which could be used to build a nuclear bomb but also to generate nuclear energy. iran calls their program peaceful. >> we have to not constantly assume that it's not possible for iran, like any country, to change over time. it may not be likely. you know, if you asked me what is the likelihood that we're able to arrive at the end state that i was just describing earlier, i wouldn't say that it's more than 50/50. we have to try. >> iran, the u.s. and five other world powers will meet in the coming days to discuss implementing a six-month agreement on iran's nuke prarm. rouhani said the deal has already benefitted his country's economy. >>> remembering nelson mandela. today marks the beginning of a week of remembrance. they have a day of prayer and reflection. earlier today the mandela foundati
Al Jazeera America
Dec 2, 2013 9:00am EST
libraries the obama's compare to the kennedys and celebrities love them and he is a gifted speaker. why do you see them being so different from the kennedys? >> i think it's a different time an different era and it's a different everything. on those things they are very similar. mrs. obama as a first lady is ferocious about the protection about her two children and as was jackie kennedy. she too is a fashion plate and cares very, very much about clothes and how she looks and the image she presents, as did jackie kennedy. president obama is as gifted as kennedy was intellectually. they even wept t went to the sae school and they both fine orders. and lots of teeth. and lots of prett iness. you have covered so many subjectses from oprah and 23457bsy reagan and more. what do you want to write about. >> i only choose people that have really left a foot print on our land scape. i choose people that are very much alive and have influenced our culture and have had immense power over us in that sense. and everyone that i have chosen for about biography i have been in awe a little bit. and
Al Jazeera America
Dec 6, 2013 6:00pm EST
is the white house's take. >> reporter: there is a paint by numbers aspect ever since the obama administration took office. yes, the unemployment rate has largely gone down. private sector employment has increased for two years running now. the white house will say its good news but there is more work to be done. that's what they said today. the better the economy improves, that gdp rate that came out and shocked everything in the third quarter. 3.6% growth. that's nearly rebust but not near full employment strength. >> i think we just lost mike. we did. my apologies. still ahead on al jazeera america. the latest on the wintery blast causing problems in several states. >>> and trying to keep a deadly conflict from growing worse. plans to stop a slot center africa. that's next. >> bitter cold ice and heavy snow battering the southwest. thkentucky is experiencing real problems on the road. take a look at these pictures. in texas at least 180,000 people have lost power. mark snyder has the latest for us in dallas. >> here's a taste of what it looks like most of the day. here americ
Al Jazeera America
Dec 4, 2013 11:00pm EST
] >>> president obama had a lot to say about economic inequality. perhaps it was an attempt to divert attention from the rollout from his health care law. he struck a nerve when he talked about the middle class and how many americans are learning. we'll take a look at this with an american who knows what it's like to live that way. first, mike viqueira at the white house >> the facts are beyond dispute. the government sought to highlight the gap between the rich and poof. he was up to two themes. these are themes struck throughout the presidency, first and second term. he talked about the gap between rich and poor and talking about trying to raise the minimum wage. he got behind that, backing a height or legislation and congress that's $0.10 an hour. many states are moving on their own. the president deniably is trying to shore up a political base after a rocky rollout of healthcare.gov. democrats are dispirited. this is the latest in a series of event where the president spoke to the base and what he said was music to the democratic base's years, talking about income despair itty and
Al Jazeera America
Dec 4, 2013 9:00pm EST
, president obama addressed the nation with a renewed focus on income inequality. >> we know there are airport workers and fast food workers and nurse assistants and retail sales people who work their tails off and are still living at or barely above poverty. >> that's why it's well time to raise the minimum wage that is blow what harry truman called for. >> a federal worker in downtown d.c., the extra money would mean getting her family off of food stamps. >> it's stress of. it's apply for public assistance for my son and i to get food stamps because of that issue, just because he is using formula. things have just shot up. gas is up. housing is up in this area, but our wages aren't up. >> the 21-year-old son-in-law wakes up and gets her son ready before heading fork work. >> we go down to the basement and around to back and start preparing everything for the place to open which was different from the shiny wow piece of the government that they are seeing. >> that's kind of how we feel. wow. we are at the bottom. we are at a part where people don't even see us. >> niya and her son liv
Al Jazeera America
Dec 4, 2013 10:00am EST
engineer and also look back at >>> welcome al jazeera america. i'm ste -- stephanie sy. president obama is set to speak in a few minutes about the economy. >>> a top hezbollah leader is killed. the lebanese group says he was assassinated. ♪ >>> the u.s. economy is growing but so is the income gap between the rich and the poor. president obama will talk about how to change that and other aspects of the economy when h
Al Jazeera America
Dec 3, 2013 9:00pm EST
miles-per-hour over the speed limit. >> president obama will not let critics kill the affordable care actment thact. the republicans are routing fore rooting for it to fail. >> forensic scientists have concluded that yasser arafat died of natural causes and was not poisoned it contradicts an earlier swiss report that found that the palestinian leader was poisoned by radioactive polonium. those are the headlines i'm john siegenthaler. america tonight is coming up next with joie chen. i will be back at 11:00 eastern and 8:00 pacific you can get the latest news at aljazeera.com. ♪ >> on america tonight. will they turn out the lights? detroit is clear to go forward on bankruptcy. will it be the move that saves the city services. >> we need everything. we need rigs. we need fire trucks right now we need manpower. also tonight. lessons learned? the latest read on how u.s. students stack up and what it really says about american i hadcation. hadcation -- education. >> and fashion build. what role you play in one of the world's most polluted places. we take you inside of hell on earth. >> i
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Dec 4, 2013 11:30am EST
waiting for president obama to talk about changing that and other aspects of the economy. that is the woman that will be introducing him. and we'll have him in just a few moments. mike viqueira joins us for now with more on what to expect from the president. good morning. >> stephanie. good morning. as usual when it comes to politics and policy in washington, it is complicated. the president is trying to put forward his agenda for the state of the union speech and for the last three years of his presidency. he is going to take the populous tack that we have seen before, and tie the affordable care act into all of it. he is going to be talking about minimum wage, and disparities in in income every growing in this country, and hearken back to past speeches he has made talking about making income distribution more quillable. and he had a lot of shoring up to do. this is a left-lanes think tank, the president going to the pourest region in terms of income in this city, ward 8, and he is going to be talking about empowering people who are economically disadvantaged and bringing them into t
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Dec 5, 2013 12:30pm EST
economic justice and the role of deposit. so even today president obama referenced pope francis on a major speech on inequality. i think this pope is breaking through with a moral message that's going to have an impact on our political debate. >> ster janine how is his message playing in political circles? >> his message basically i think he says it very well in his apostolic letter that he issued a few weeks ago where he says if a person, those who are rich if they do not share their goods they're really stealing from the poor. he talking about the common good, that the earth and the goods of the earth are for all of us. and we need to be concerned, and share what we have. and i think this message, really, is getting through to all of us. politicians included, to wake us up, to prick our conscience. and you know, that's what he is doing. he is pricking our conscience. to think about the things that we haven't thought about before. >> well sister on twitter steve says you know what, the pope knows his comments are popular in this aiming of austerity he makes them to deflect from a sc
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Dec 3, 2013 12:00pm EST
. president obama and congressional democrats are trying to reshape the debate over the affordable care act. this afternoon they'll launch an effort to explain the law's benefits and why it was passed in the first place. >>> a federal judge has declared detroit is eligible for bankruptcy. the city has roughly $18 billion of debt. the city could be forced to cut the pensioned of retired employees. ♪ >>> i'm dave warren. the headline with the weather will be the arctic blast that is just starting to move south. here are the current readings. 50 in tulsa. 55 degrees in st. louis. there is some light snow with this as well. we had some snow in the last 24 hours, and more will come down as this storm continues to develop. there is the cold air coming in from the north. the warm air being pulled up ahead of the storm. the arctic blast is coming down from the north, and by tuesday and wednesday it is through the dakotas through kansas and oklahoma as this storm continues to intensify. there will be gusty wind with this. we'll be talking about wind chill and snow. another storm drops and dump
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Dec 2, 2013 2:00am EST
. >> the obama administration says that for the most part of the healthcare.gov website is, in fact, working. the man in charge of fixing the website says more than 400 changes have been made. >> over the last five weeks we made substantial progress, working through it. we have executed software fixes and hardware upgrades. the site is stable, and operating at its intended capacity with improved performance. >> even despite the overhaul, there are questions about the website. republican congressman says the improvements are not good enough. >> the security of this site, and the private information does not meet the minimal standards of the private sector, and that concerns me. i don't care if you are for or against it. we should not tolerate the level of incompetence securing the site. >> officials say that 800,000 people will be able to shop for insurance each day. they do admit that there's still much more work ahead, which does include fixing hundreds of software bugs. >> we've had rain in the mountain passes to the west. most of it is the start of a big storm. it's changing over
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Dec 7, 2013 8:00pm EST
obama will attend. it will be one. biggest, emotional memorials we see in a lodge time. >> not just a memorial, but a week of reflection and prayer; is that correct. >> absolutely in a few hours we'll see mosques and churches, celebrating the man, remembering the man on duetuesday. it will be a huge memorial, 90,000 filling the stadium. on sunday a burial. nelson mandela said a man's life should end where it began. he'll be buried in qunu, where he was born 95 years ago. >> nick schifrin live in johannesburg. >> nelson mandela was a remarkable character. one of his guards said he couldn't help but grow close to nelson mandela on robben island. >> nelson mandela was my prisoners, he was my friend, a person you could look up to. if you want to know something. we as a country will miss him. >> he was nelson mandela's prison guard from 12 years, from 1978 until his release in 1990. >> the first children born at the end of apartheid are learning about it as history. we have more on the generaon known as the born-free. >> a first-time fist to south africa's parliament. these youths have n
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Dec 1, 2013 8:00pm EST
then. >> the obama administration says healthcare.gov is working most of the time. the man in charge of repairs says more than 400 changes were made to the site. the 6-month open enrolment began on october the 1st. people that do not buy insurance are subject to tax penalties. >> violent protests intensify in ukraine's capital. it began last week to support a trade agreement. protesters are demanding the ukrainian president step down. [ chants ] >> the pro-europe protesters used sheer force of numbers to break their way back into independence square in defines of a court order, banning demonstrations in the area. there are calls for the resignation of viktor yanukovych, they are growing stronger after his decision not to sign up to a free trade pact with the european union, buckling to pressure fro moscow. >> he said he would do everything he could. it failed to apiece the protesters. >> translation: people came out to say no to the government. this government is illegal. this government does not respect human dignity or the people of ukraine. >> translation: what happened here is a rev
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Dec 9, 2013 5:00am EST
and leaders including president obama and three former u.s. presidents expected to attend tuesday's memorial service for the late south african president. >> and a crime was never committed a
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Dec 3, 2013 10:00pm EST
>>> president obama defending his healthcare site again. he said he will come pain for it until december 23rdrd. >> that's the deadline to sign up for insurance coverage. >>> overseas, vice president joe biden is in asia trying to ease tensions between japan and china. countries are fighting over a group of islands. in tokyo today, biden said the u.s. stands with japan. those are the headlines at this ho hour. i am john siegenthaler seeing. consider th "consider this" with antone i don't mora is next. you can always get the latest news on acceljazeera.com. we will see you at 11:00 o'clock. >> can getting stitches put you in the poor house? medical costs have skyrocketed with sometimes absurd results. $500 per stitch? consider this: how do hospitals get away with it? th will it get better or worse with obamacare? also, an al jazeera exclusive brings new questions to light over iran's influentialing program. plus the energy drink business is exploding with little regulation. we will hear from a doctor whose new study is adding to growing concerns about the drinks' safety. >>> can you live your li
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Dec 10, 2013 6:00am EST
obama and the entire stadium erupted and immediately after they sowed zuma and the stadium booed. >> this is a complication of the post mandela era. for all the problems in south africa citing and there are many and no economic equality and people come in and said nelson mandela dismantled apartheid and are pleased about that but it's tough governing in africa. >> that is where his legacy can be a little more controversial and south africaens feel he sold the country to foreign investors to bring them out of the post apartheid era. >> you are here to celebrate. >> the death of nelson mandela. >> we were talking about the economy in south africa, it has not gone as far as people would have liked but you still think that mandela, that is okay, we are on tv so don't call your friends just yet. you go celebrate and we will talk in a little bit. >> thank all the people of the world by coming to our country and we are so grateful for that even if they have come today to celebrate this day with us, we are so grateful, and mr. mandela our father was in prison for 27 years. we are so grat
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Dec 4, 2013 2:00pm EST
. >> you i believe this is the challenging time of our tame. >> president obama said its time for a higher minimum wage. as the year winds down so does congress but big bills we main on the table. >>> and looking for a stolen truck carrying extremely dangerous radioactive material. >> the clock is ticking on the first session of the 113th congress. house is back in session bu sest the senate is still on break. libby casey joins us now from capitol hill with more. good afternoon, liby 2347 that's right, congress has a lot on its plate including the farm bill. if they don't get a farm bill passed it could cause a for the food stamp program and it could cause a problem for milk. the defense authorization act has to get passed, and unemployment benefits. long term unemployment benefits expired and they need to be renewed. president obama weighed in on that one. >> by the way, christmastime is not the time for congress to tell 1 million that they no lo longer have employment benefits. >> the senate comes in next week so there is still time to negotiate these big-ticket items but there is
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Dec 8, 2013 6:00am EST
memorial service will be held on tuesday with president obama, george w. bush, and jimmy carter. the man defending nelson mandela's yisent is also speaking out. mike hanna sat with him to talk about the unique relationship. >> there was an excessive part of the government that get-nelson mandela in gaol, and he served under nelson mandela in the first democratic cabinet. as u.n. ambassador and foreign minister, it was his task to publicly defend the yisent of nelson mandela and other political opponents. privately he maintains he lobbied for nelson mandela's release. >> in 1982 i submitted a memorandum prepared by my department. and to the effect that nelson mandela ought to be released. we were making a bigger martyr of you every day stays in prison. that is international. and status. would be growing to an extent where he would not be able to handle it. eight years later nelson mandela became a free man. here you had a man who spent 27 years in prison and the day he was released. he displayed the - he displayed the cuban and energy to the person. who has been a president befor
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Dec 4, 2013 8:00pm EST
american dream, our way of life, and what we stand for around the globe. >> at risk: president obama says the economic divide is threatening the future of the american middle class. >>> fast food walkout. minimum wage workers in 100 cities promise to hit the streets to demand higher pay. >> emergency response, what authorities are learning from the desperate 911 calls played dur the newtown massacre. >>> a brutal winter blast. we begin tonight with inequality in the economy and the dangers to young americans. president obama says 10% of the population is now taking home half of the nation's income. he warns the growing canyon between rich and poor is destroying the economy, and threatening the american dream. president obama -- >> the top 20%, has about a two in three chance of staying at or near the top. a child born into the bottom 20% has a less than one in 20 shot at making i.t. to th -- making o the top. he's ten times modifier likely to stay where he is. >> president obama states statistics that shows the average american income is shrinking. the president asked the congress to
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Dec 5, 2013 1:00am EST
>> considering that young people were among obama's biggest supporters, i think it's very significant. young people have been big victims with government getting bigger, taxes going up, what do you find in europe? very, very high levels of youth unemployment. hello? same thing's now happening to america's young people. i think the lack of upward mobility is a huge stachallenge, nots just for young people, for lower income people generally and obama thinks the answer is to make government bigger. >> that's, i think, what caused the problem. >> i want to get to that in a moment. david, based upon what we have seen, it seems he is not concerned about the did he hade let's listen to that. >> we should not be stuck in a stale debate from two years ago or three years ago. a relentlyly growing deficit of opportunity is a bigger threat to our future than our rapidly shrinking fiscal deficit. >> david, rapidly shrinking, the deficit is going down. $17 trilli $17 trillion debt and a deficit higher than the one he received from his predecessor? >> the debt is higher. we would be in m
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Dec 9, 2013 11:00pm EST
? we have everything you need to know. >>> and remember nelson mandela. president obama, the first lady and from people from around the world, arrivings in south africa. -- arriving in south africa. >>> it is 6:00 a.m. in johannesburg and already, the crowds are forming for the official state memorial service for nelson mandela. it's not scheduled to start for about five more hours. it was a rainy night and some umbrellas this morning, more rain. 94,000, in the stadium, but authorities are expecting a lot more. about four other stadiums have been secured that totally that would fill about 125,000 more people if that overflow is needed. of course security is tight with all of the dignitaries arriving throughout the day. we are monitoring this event. we are going to have a live report on the latest developments on the scene in just a little while. >>> the state will be in attendance according to president obama and first lady michelle obama. jonathan betz has more on that. >> it's going to be a who's who of dignitaries. according to 100 have rsvped so far. oprah winfrey and the spice girl
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